Ballots for the Helena City Commission and Helena public schools will be mailed tomorrow, Oct. 17, to more than 35,000 registered voters.
Most voters should expect to receive their ballot by Monday, Oct. 21, according to Lewis and Clark County Elections Supervisor Marilyn Bracken. For your vote to be counted, the county election office must receive your ballot by Nov. 5.
Voters in Helena will choose two city commissioners from three candidates: Dan Ellison (incumbent), Andres Haladay and David Nielsen. Mayor Jim Smith is running for re-election, but is unopposed. For full coverage of the race and to read interviews with the city commission candidates published earlier this month, visit helenair.com.
Helena residents and rural voters will also decide on a pair of building reserve levies for Helena elementary and high schools.
The levies would raise $1.25 million per year for 10 years in the elementary district and $750,000 per year for the high schools. That translates to $28.04 in property taxes per year for those with a home of $100,000 in taxable value, or $6.21 more than the expiring set of building reserve levies.
Funds would be used for major maintenance projects across the district, such as roofing, heating, playgrounds and parking lots. They would take effect in 2014 once existing levies expire.
There will not be polling stations for the exclusively mail-in election. Return postage for ballots is 46 cents. However, voters may drop off their ballot in person at the county election office until 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.
Residents who have either not registered to vote or are inactive voters will not receive a ballot. Late registration will be administered at the election office, 316 N Park Ave., through Election Day.